Keeping you Informed

Urgent Message from the President and Directors about Temporary Closure Due to COVID-19

From Paul Cherrey & Directors of WAAC: 

“Chatham- Kent Medical Officer has declared a local emergency to control the spread of COVID-19.  We feel it is important to do our part and help protect the health of our members, guests, volunteers and staff. 

As of March 17th, 2020 all programs, activities and functions at the centre will be suspended. ALL” activities including any offsite activities till further notices.

The Centre will be closed till further notice.  Depending on the information to come it is unclear when we will re-open, but we look forward to that time. “

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

Closed due to coronavirus

Government Incentives and Covid News for Seniors~~ August 12th update

Things have been moving slowly but today we bring you some important news. We have been in stage 3 for a few weeks now and many of you may have heard the number of cases have risen and a new Mask Bylaw will start on Friday August 14th.

New Cases

First, let us reassure you that these cases happening are because people were not adhering to the protocols in place. The were socializing with people outside their Social Bubble and all cases were traced back to close contacts.

You may have also heard that there were two cases in CKHA. One of them was a false positive, which is known to happen with any medical test. The other one was contracted from a family member.

Due to these two occurrences, the Hospital has restricted visitation at the hospital for the moment to be on the safe side.

Mask Bylaw

Chatham-Kent Council has passed a Mask By-Law on Monday August 10th to be enforced on August 14. According to the By-law it will be mandatory to wear a mask inside any enclosed public space. This By Law was put into place in hopes to help keep everyone safe but it is not meant to circumvent social distancing, hand washing, and social bubbles.

Under the new bylaw there are exemptions for:

  • Children younger then 9
  • A person with medical conditions including breathing or cognitive difficulties
  • a person unable to put on or remove their mask with out assistance.
  • Consuming food or drink or medcial purpose.
  • actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity

You can read the full By-Laws here

What Does That Mean For Us?

It means we still have a lot of work as a community to help keep each other safe. Being in Stage 3 means we can move forward more freely but we must continue with the measures in place to help keep us safe.

It is safe to be outdoors with people as long as you keep a physical distance of 6 feet (2 metres) unless they are part of your social bubble, which only consists of 10 people with whom you may physical contact.

Your social bubble must not interact with anyone else. The ten of you are considered one unit and no one with in that unit should be physically close to someone outside of your unit.

Continue to wear masks in enclosed places and when possible continue to keep the physical distancing as well. Bring sanitizer or warm soapy paper towels in a plastic bag with you when you go out. Use it as often as need and take advantage of the sanitizers available at all business.

If you feel unsafe to go shopping then continue having someone else do the shopping for you but do not be afraid to step outside. Enjoy the fresh air and the beauty that is around you it is the safest way to regain your inner peace.

If you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed with what is going on reach out to those you know are positive, meditate on the beauty around you, and/or watch something uplifting. While it may feel like it let us reassure you: You are not alone and together we will get through this.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 2

Here is another segment of the Wonders of Nature around us. Today we will be sharing photos from our Cyclist Photographer and another member’s photos of her garden. We hope you enjoy the beauty that can not only bring us comfort but also bring us peace and joy. If you like to join in and share the beauty around send us a message for more details. We love to share what brings joy to your heart.

Thank you to Carolyn for share the beauty found in your garden. From the butterflies to the flowers a little oasis of peace and intrigue.

Our cyclist photographer, has found some unique sights this week from the St. Clair River and everything in between including a bit of Swan Yoga. The Wonders of Nature abounds.

A Visit to the Toronto Zoo~~Part 8

Welcome to another segment of our virtual visit to the Toronto Zoo.  Today we will do a virtual Safari Drive Thru of the Zoo. What a wonderful way to see the different habitats and and feel like we are out for a wonderful Sunday drive. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful views, while leaving the driving up to them.

What’s Cooking~~Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflakes Cookies

With the warm weather here many do not want to do to much baking so No Bake Desserts become popular at this time of the year. For the next few weeks we will be sharing some wonderful unique No Bake Desserts. Today we bring you a sweet and salty treat that will not only be a hit as a family favourite, it will be your for how easy it is to make. With only 3 ingredients it can not go wrong. This treat comes from the website All Recipe. At the end of the recipe you will find a downloadable and printable version.


1 cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons peanut butter

3 cups cornflakes


  1. Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cornflakes until coated.
  2. Drop spoonfuls of the cornflakes mixture onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill in the refrigerator until cool, about 30 minutes.

A Little Bit of Humour~~Part 15

August is here and we are seeing the full beauty of summer appear. With the warm sun and birds singing it time to take a moment for a little bit of humour. So grab a cold drink, sit back and enjoy.

For the Cat Lovers,_August_1978_comic_strips

For the Dog Lover

For Beach Lovers

For the Golfer

For those Born in August

While we would love to share a cake with you at this time we will share a wonderful Birthday blessing to all you August Babies. We hope that you receive your hearts desire as hope is always renewed. May your heart be filled with love, laughter and joy as you celebrate your very special day and days ahead. Happy Birthday..

Trivia Thursday~~August 6th

Are you ready for our 13th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today is all about the Month of August. As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. At one time August was known as Sextilis. What does this word mean?
  2. Who was the month of August named after?
  3. August was extended longer by adding a day from which month?
  4. What are the two flowers of August?
  5. What are the gemstones for the month?
  6. The first of August was known as Lammas Day in England at one time, the church held a service  what items were consecrated at that time?
  7. What are the Zodiac signs for August?
  8. Which African country does not have a national day in August?
  9. What two prizes did “The Teahouse of the August Moon” win in 1953/54?
  10. From the song  A Wonderful Guy finish this first line “I’m as corny as _____ in August”.


A young lion name Zambia was mesmerized by the field of flowers that lay just beyond his enclosure at the Kansas Zoo. He wondered what they were called.  He noticed a butterfly feasting on one that reminded him of a Sardonyx stone. He called out to her.

“Excuse me, Miss Excuse me.”

“Yes what would you like?” she asked while lofting over on a gentle breeze. He waited for her to arrive when he noticed the pearl like colour under her wing. “Oh she is so beautiful” he thought.

“What can I do for you?” she asked heading towards the tender part of his nose. He felt a tickle as she landed.

“Noticing that beautiful field of flowers, I was wondering what are they?”  His eyes crossed as he tried to focus on her.

“Well, those purple ones are gladiolus and those red looking ones are poppies and the whites ones by the peridot colour stone are daisies.  The ones in the way back are sunflowers, they are actually my favourite.  I should let you know that is not a field but a large garden called The Augustus Caesar Garden”

The little lion was impressed with the butterfly’s knowledge. When he remembered that he did not know her name. “I am sorry, I did not get your name, mine is Zambia.”

“Nice to meet you I am called February. The call me that because I did not come out of my chrysalis in the butterfly conservatory until February all the rest of my kind came out in November. Oh look me just chattering on while your eyes look like they are going to get stuck that way.”

She took flight and landed on a rock nearby just as Leo and Virgo came pouncing out of the den.  Known as the twins, they were the sixth and seventh cubs born that year.  “Hi Leo and Virgo come meet February she has such interesting stories”

“Has she won a Pulitzer if not we are not interested we are off to watch youtube videos over Tony’s shoulder.” they replied in unison.

Tony was their caretaker.  While taking his breaks, he would watch youtube videos under a large tree by North end of Lion enclosure and feed the birds loaves of bread.

The two bounced off while February and Zambia continued to discuss the beauty of the gardens just over the Southside of the enclosure.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part One

Since our Ask a Tech Geek is away we decide to fill in the time slot with a wonderful preview of the beauty that is all round us From sunsets to birds, even unique landscapes of farmland and waterways. We hope that you enjoy each segment for the month of August that one of our members who cycles around Wallaceburg and surrounding areas capture the Wonders of Nature Around us.

“Buy One, Get One Free” Frozen Meals

Family Service Kent is bringing back its popular “Buy One, Get One Free” Frozen Meals promotion during the month of August! The focus is to help older adults (60+) and persons with disabilities (18+) offset some accumulating costs related to the current pandemic. This offer applies to our frozen entrees, breakfast packages, and soups to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and nutritious food.

With an affordable menu of over 100 entrees, soups, breakfast snacks, and desserts, CHAP offers a variety of frozen meals ranging from $2.25 to $6.00 each.

They are nutritionally balanced, home-style meals prepared by dietitians specifically for seniors/diabetics and are easily cooked in the oven or microwave. Special diets including lactose free, gluten free, minced, and pureed meals are also available by request.

Bi-weekly meal orders are due by the first and third Wednesday of each month. Meals are available for pick up at Family Service Kent on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Free delivery within Chatham-Kent is also available for those individuals and families who may have limited access to transportation.

Please email or phone the Frozen Meals Coordinator at 519.354.6221 x236 for more information or to register for services.

Find the Frozen Meals Order Form here.

Find the Special Diet Order Form here.

Find nutritional information for all meals here.

A Visit to the Toronto Zoo~~Part 7

Welcome to another segment of our virtual visit to the Toronto Zoo. Today we will go to the wolf enclosure.

We will meet some little pups frolic around with out a care in the world as mom tend to their needs off and on. We will watch them join the pack as they explore their surroundings. Who doesn’t puppies are cute even when they are wolf pups.

Hello Little Ones

Time to Explore

Part of the Pack

What’s Cooking~~Raspberry Sorbet

Welcome back to another segment of What’s Cooking. With another month before us, and many more day’s of warm weather coming why not make some homemade Raspberry Sorbet to help refresh us on those Dog Days of August. This recipe is easy to adjust to your favourite flavours may it be Black Berries, Blueberries or Elderberry. With your imagination you could surprise your whole family with a different treat.

At the end of the recipe you will find a downloadable/printable version to add to your collection. Enjoy the taste of summer.

Photo by Pixabay on


1 ¼ cup of water

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 ½ raspberries and  a few more for topping if desired

1 lemon, juiced


  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Increase temperature to medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the liquid has become a syrup. Let cool.
  2. Put the raspberries and lemon juice in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds. Combine with the sugar syrup, and then pour into freezer-proof container.
  3. Freeze for 1 hr 30 minutes, then whisk with a large whisk or a fork to break up any ice crystals that have formed and return to the freezer.
  4. Keep mixing the sorbet on the hour for 4 hrs, breaking up the ice crystals. It is finished when it firm yet able to scoop. Will last about a month in the freezer. Top with extra raspberries, if so desire.

Little bit of Humour~~Part 14

Another Friday has arrived and July is ending with the heat then the storms, one never know what will come next in Canada. This week we bring you a little bit of Canadian Honour. So grab your Timmies and sit back and have a few laughs.

Moving To Canada

Canadian Guard Goose

A Silver Lining

Trivia Thursday July 30th

Are you ready for our 12th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today is all Canadian Questions. As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. What was the name given to the group of women who successfully argued that women were considered ‘people’ under the law?
  2. In 1955, the instant replay was first used in which Canadian sports?
  3. Fernand Lachance of Warwick, Quebec is the widely accepted inventor of this Canadian comfort food. What is the name of this comfort food?
  4. What was the name of the board game that Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented in1979?
  5. North York’s Daniel Negreanu has won millions over his career playing what?
  6. What did Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier invent?
  7. In 1913, what common clothing necessity was invented by a Canadian that is attached to men’s and women’s pants?
  8. Canadian brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, have appeared together on what type of television reality show since 2011?
  9. Do you know which Canadian owl is the heaviest of the species as a whole?
  10. Which animal is equipped with feet that spread to make it easy for it to walk on snow?


It was a rainy day in July and George was reminiscing about times gone by and the friends he shared special moments with over the years.  While browsing through his photo album memories of his poker buddies came to his mind. It had been 10 years since he last saw them. I wonder what they are up to now. He was suddenly startled by a knock at the door. Looking at the time, he remembered his granddaughter Sierra was coming to visit today.  

“Come in” he hollered

“Grandpa how many times has mom told you not to leave your door unlocked.” Sierra said as she walked in.

“What no Hello first?” he said with a slight glimmer in his eye. He loved his granddaughter even her sassy ways.

She looked over at his stack of photo albums “What are you doing?”


“You know I can put those all on a computer file for you and you can flip through them quicker”

“You, young ones and your technology, there is something about flipping thorough pages that bring the memories more to life for me.”  He smiled at the thought of how times have changed. “Come sit with me.”

Sierra walked over and sat down. She noticed a picture of what looked like a band from the 60’s  “Who are they?”

“Oh this is The Famous Five it was a garage band I was in.  Oh we had so much fun, we then became poker buddies.   This is Terry.” pointing at a young man with dark tanned skin and blond hair. You would not know it from looking at him but he was an amazing Ice Hockey and Lacrosse player, and boy did he love his poutine.”

“This is Ted.” He pointed to a long dark haired scruffy looking person.  “He was the smartest of us, I thought for sure one day we would see him on Jeopardy. He never lost a Trivial Pursuit game. He was a walking encyclopedia”

“Oh and then we have Garry. He motioned to the one holding a camera and a guitar. “He was quite the hoot love to push his photography to the limits. You may have seen some of his photos, they were published in the National Geographic.”

While pointing he made a request of Sierra “Could you go over to that cupboard and pull out the stack of magazines?”

She did as he requested.  “Thank you sweetie”

She noticed that there were a few dog eared pages, he flipped to them.  This is one of his and so is this one” He pointed at a lynx and polar bear. “Oh yes this one is as well.”

She looked and saw a magnificent picture of a snowy owl in flight while great horn owl sat on a branch of a dead tree.  “Wow”

She saw a smile come across her grandfathers face that she had never seen before, quickly she open the zipper of her purse and pulls out her camera and snaps a picture. He did not even notice.

He went back to the photo.  “Oh and Jeff, when winter came around he was always out on his snowmobile did not surprise me when he purchased  500 acre of property with trails and bush on it. He built a cabin in the middle of it for us boys to hang out in.” A little sadness filled his heart about how he missed them.

“Where are they now grandpa?” 

“We have scattered across Canada to be closer to our children and grandchildren. Oh how I miss them so”.

Sierra knew that the surprise her mom and her had for him would make his heart jump with joy. She thought about how mom was able to find all his friends and bring them together for lunch today and a weekend with his boys.

“What are you think about Sweetie?”

Nothing Grandpa, but we should get going or we will be late for lunch”

Ask A Tech Geek~~ July 29, 2020

Welcome to another segment of Ask a Tech Geek.  First we want to let you know that for the month of August our Ask A Tech Geek will be on Hiatus as our resident geek is taking a vacation.  Remember that all her segments are published on this site so use the search bar and see if there is anything you missed or if a question you have has already been answered.

Today we will be covering I phone, I pad and I touch location Services.

My apps want to use my location on my IPad.  How do I turn off and on my locations and GPS?

Many of our apps do not need to use the location services and can use up battery life, and memory resources when allowed access to them.  Other Apps like Maps or tracking distance travel will need access to your Locations services. Apple explains it best. So the following is from Apple Support.

Turn Location Services and GPS on or off on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to turn GPS and Location Services on or off for individual apps.


How to give apps permission to use your location

Some apps might not work unless you turn on Location Services.1 The first time an app needs to access your Location Services information, you’ll get a notification asking for permission. Choose one of these options:

  • Tap Allow to let the app use Location Services information as needed.
  • Tap Don’t Allow to prevent access.2
  • Tap Ask Next Time to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.

iOS devices might use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to determine your location. GPS and cellular location are available on iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) models.


How to turn Location Services on or off for specific apps

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  2. Make sure that Location Services is on.
  3. Scroll down to find the app.
  4. Tap the app and select an option:
    • Never: Prevents access to Location Services information.
    • Ask Next Time: This allows you to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.
    • While Using the App: Allows access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen. If an app is set to While Using the App, you might see your status bar turn blue with a message that an app is actively using your location.
    • Always: Allows access to your location even when the app is in the background.

From here, apps should provide an explanation of how the app will use your location information. Some apps might offer only two options. Learn more about privacy and Location Services.

  1. Location Services uses GPS and Bluetooth (where they’re available), along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular towers to determine the approximate location of your device.
  2. Apps won’t use your location until they ask for your permission and you allow permission.

Resources: Apple Support

Thank you to the reader that sent in this question. For now this resident geek would like to wish you all a great rest of the Summer and I look forward to reading your questions and concerns when I return in September. Until then please remember to be safe not only in public but online too.  


A Visit to the Toronto Zoo~~ Part 6

Welcome. Come let us take a virtual stroll to the the Rhino enclosures and see their Unique beauty. First we will start with a visit to the Indian Rhino and her baby, then a visit the One Horn Rhino with her baby. Lastly a visit with the White Rhino. We hope you enjoy these special moment.

A Baby is Born

Bath Time

Mommy and Me Time

Mommy I am Hungry.

Who Doesn’t Love a Shower especially on a Warm Day

Mommy What is that in the Corner

Brain Freeze

Oh Mommy Play with Me

What’s Cooking ~~Delicious Bountiful Blueberry Muffins

Welcome back to another segment of What’s Cooking. Today we have a wonderful Blueberry Muffin recipe that would a wonderful addition to any breakfast or snack. With fresh blueberry being plentiful this time of the year what better way to celebrate their unique taste.

At the end of the recipe you will find a downloadable/printable version to add to your collection. Enjoy the taste of summer.

Photo by Lisa Fotios


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon for muffin tops

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/3 – 1/2 cup milk; (dairy or not dairy)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup of fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin tins with paper liners (Makes 8-10 standard to large muffins depending on size)
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl with a whisk.
  3. In a small bowl or large measuring cup combine oil, egg, and milk slightly whisking adding vanilla at the end.
  4. Add liquid mixture into dry ingredients.  Using a fork to combine but do not over mix. (The consistency of the batter will be thick). Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Divide the batter between muffin cups. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake muffins 20 to 25 minutes (mini muffins will take about 9-11 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack.

They will last 2 to 3 days if stored at room temperature and sealed in a plastic container or bag. They will last up to 3 months in a freezer in a sealed plastic bag or wrapped in tinfoil.

A Little Bit of Humour Part 13

Can you believe that July is almost coming to an end? We have seen some hot weather and strong storms but have endured. We will continue to overcome what ever is thrown at us with another segment of A Little Bit Of Humour.

When You Can’t Get to a Beach You Make One.

For Our Golfing Friend’s Talk about Water Hazards

The Tricky Lawn Chair

That’s What Neighbours Are For